Though Matt ‘The Immortal’ Brown already revealed some time ago that his fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120 will be his swan song before retiring, it seems that he’s still coming to terms with that decision.
“I guess originally when I announced [my retirement], it was pretty much a final decision,” Brown said on the Top Turtle MMA podcast. “[But] I look at it like I still have a lot more to do. I’m not really content with everything that I’ve done.”
“When you’re on the outside looking in, it’s easy to look at that stuff. When you’re on the inside, it doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything.”
Brown is being a bit hard on himself here. Though he’s never won a UFC belt, he did fight his way to a title eliminator after a memorable seven-fight winning streak in the Octagon, and even just being able to stick around in the UFC for almost a full decade is a major achievement in itself.
Still, even as he’s preparing to walk way from competing in the cage, the 36-year-old still appears to be struggling to shut the door behind him for good.
“In a perfect world, I’m able to retire and the decision can be made based on whether I want to or not. The reality is there may just be more to it than that. I may come back to fight just because I want to fight.”
“I may come back to fight for money, which is really what I want to avoid. I don’t want to come back to fight for money. I want to pursue other things, and if I come back to fight, I want it to be because I’m looking for a championship — pursuing great things.”